Feb 242010

Although it is never fun to have to come home from vacation, I had a nice surprise. Two books were waiting for me!

::amazonad(“0385531281″,”Heresy”):: The first book was an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of ::amazon(“0385531281″,”Heresy”):: by S.J. Parris that I received from Doubleday. I have started to read this book and it looks like it will be an interesting read.

Summary from the Publisher:

Masterfully blending true events with fiction, this blockbuster historical thriller delivers a page-turning murder mystery set on the sixteenth-century Oxford University campus.

Giordano Bruno (wikipedia) was a monk, poet, scientist, and magician on the run from the Roman Inquisition on charges of heresy for his belief that the Earth orbits the sun and that the universe is infinite. This alone could have got him burned at the stake, but he was also a student of occult philosophies and magic.

In S. J. Parris’s gripping novel, Bruno’s pursuit of this rare knowledge brings him to London, where he is unexpectedly recruited by Queen Elizabeth I and is sent undercover to Oxford University on the pretext of a royal visitation. Officially Bruno is to take part in a debate on the Copernican theory of the universe; unofficially, he is to find out whatever he can about a Catholic plot to overthrow the queen.

His mission is dramatically thrown off course by a series of grisly murders and a spirited and beautiful young woman. As Bruno begins to discover a pattern in these killings, he realizes that no one at Oxford is who he seems to be. Bruno must attempt to outwit a killer who appears obsessed with the boundary between truth and heresy.

Like The Dante Club and The Alienist, this clever, sophisticated, exceptionally enjoyable novel is written with the unstoppable narrative propulsion and stylistic flair of the very best historical thrillers.

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The second book I received was a signed copy of ::amazon(“1589806638″,”St. Patrick and the Three Brave Mice”):: by Joyce Stengel. What better way to promote a book than to have a drawing to give away a few signed copies. My email was one of the lucky ones!

I have read the story, it is well written and the illustrations are great. I cannot wait till the grandkids come over and I can read it to them (or have Johannes read it to me).

From the Inside Flap:

One sleepless night, with the moon high, the little mouse Tulla scurries from her nest. As she quietly enjoys the evening, the peace is interrupted by Snake slithering from the forest. He is the only snake left in Ireland, the lone creature who has been clever enough to escape St. Patrick and his miraculous bell–and he has a taste for mouse meals. Her whiskers quivering with fright, Tulla watches Snake as he stealthily steals the bell from a sleeping St. Patrick. Despite her fear, Tulla devises a plan just as crafty as Snake’s. With the help of two brave mice, she will restore the bell and help St. Patrick rid the Emerald Isle of its last snake.

Thanks so much!

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